2017 Mercedes GLS SUV (2016) Review

Luxury and style with 2016 Mercedes-Benz GLS

You can take advantage of luxury and style 7 seater car with the 2016 Mercedes-Benz GLS. The SUV will be launched with further enhancements in April 2016. The GLS class comes to replace GL. More equipment is added to the brand so that it will be far better than the past versions. There will be benefits associated with exterior design changes. You can find refinements in the cabin which include 3-spoke steering wheel, tablet-style infotainment screen and redesigned center console. It has new touchpad controller.

More refinements SUV Car

There is a revised instrument cluster. Except GLS63, all models will go for automatic upgrade from 7 speed automatic transmission to 9-speed automatic transmission. The entry level in GLS comes with advanced features. These features include 20” alloy wheels, five mode dynamic select system, intelligent LED system and command online navigation system.

GLS350d and GLS350d Sport comes 3.0-liter V6 diesel engine which produces 190kW of power and 620 Nm of torque. GLS500 retains its 4.7-liter petrol V8. There are changes in terms of the glass roof, luxury front seats, second-row seats (heated), digital TV tuner and anti-theft package.

There is a big jump in power in most of the models. GLS63 comes with twin turbo engines of 5.5 liter V8 capacity. The power grows from 20kW to 430 kW. The torque remains at 760Nm. You will also find 40:60 rear bias for all-wheel drive system. For the dynamic select system, there will be sport plus driving mode.

You can go for Mercedes-Benz GLS versions with optional features. These features include off-Road Engineering pack and Airmatic suspension. In this process, the ground clearance and wading depth is very much enhanced.

Cosmetic updates

There will be internal and external updates in the new Mercedes-Benz GLS version. There will be new front and rear bumpers with the new version.

As per the new naming convention, all the vehicles will be labeled with C, E and S as per the category. These three vehicles are most well-known vehicles in their lineup. If it is GLS, it denotes S class range. Models with top specifications come with LED headlights and models with lower spec models come with bi-xenon projector lamps.

There will be more updates than changes in the car. You can expect a new steering wheel. There will be ambient cabin light options. There will be larger air intake on sides. There will be same wavy insert on the GLE. The upper edges of grill have been refined to produce bright appearance.

Exterior dimensions

2017-2016 Mercedes GLS SUV Overview Source: http://www.mbusa.com/mercedes/future/model/model-All_New_2017_GLS_SUV

2017-2016 Mercedes GLS SUV Overview Source: http://www.mbusa.com/mercedes/future/model/model-All_New_2017_GLS_SUV

The length of the vehicle is 202 inches, width is 84.3 inches, height is 72.8 inches and wheelbase is 121 inches. The car can be individualized with paints such as Diamond white and Cardinal Red. It has comprehensive range of new wheel designs.

Drivetrain

The company offers four drivetrains in US market. In the case of Biturbo, you can take advantage of the 3.0 liter V-6. It produces 362 horsepower and 369 pound-feet of torque from 1800 rpm. GLS550 is v-8 rated and it produces 455 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque. Thus, it is 20 ponies more than the outgoing model. The gasoline model comes with V-8. It generates 577 horsepower and 561 pound-feet from just 1,750 rpm.

Safety features

 

2017-2016 Mercedes GLS SUV Dashboard Source: http://www.mbusa.com/mercedes/future/model/model-All_New_2017_GLS_SUV

2017-2016 Mercedes GLS SUV Dashboard Source: http://www.mbusa.com/mercedes/future/model/model-All_New_2017_GLS_SUV

Mercedes-Benz GLS has numerous safety features. There are driver assistance features, cruise control, ESP, brake assist, pre-safe, crosswind assist and attention assist. The driver assistance package is optional. It includes pedestrian detection, cross-traffic assist, active lane keeping assist and speed limit assist. There will be improved night time vision with the help of LED intelligent light system. You can also opt for magic vision control system as per your convenience.

 

Pros

  • Redesigned infotainment panel
  • Better interiors and exteriors
  • New touchpad controller for better access and control
  • There is room for seven members in three rows of seats
  • Comes with leather interiors and wood
  • It has air ionization system

Cons

  • The price is marginally higher than its predecessors
  • Few cosmetic changes to enhance the appearance of the vehicle

Conclusion (Best 7-seater car)

2017-2016 Mercedes GLS SUV Leather Interior Source: http://www.mbusa.com/mercedes/future/model/model-All_New_2017_GLS_SUV

2017-2016 Mercedes GLS SUV Leather Interior Source: http://www.mbusa.com/mercedes/future/model/model-All_New_2017_GLS_SUV

Mercedes-Benz GLS has much competitors but one of the best 7 seater cars in the market. It has to overcome Cadillac Escalade and Audi Q7. It has broad powertrain lineup. The car comes with restyled exterior. Hence, more style is added. The cabin is updated in terms of design and technology. There will be better driving conditions with the option driver assist packages.

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